Fantasy Flight has announced a new expansion for the third edition of Arkham Horror, Dead of Night. According to Fantasy Flight’s website, this expansion features “two all-new scenarios, new encounters for every location in Arkham, new monsters and anomalies, a new monster deck holder, and four new investigators to face these fresh horrors, armed with new spells, items, and allies.”
In the first of the new scenarios, Shots in the Dark, the investigators are tasked with trying to bring peace to Arkham by getting the O’Bannion and Sheldon gangs to cease firing at each other and all the while investigate the underpinnings of why the gangs are at each other’s throats again.
The second of the new scenarios, On the Lam, concentrates on the character of Skids O’Toole, a down on his luck ex-con who has vowed to make his mother proud by finding ways to keep Arkham safe and protect it from the unknown.
More information on the new expansion is available here.
HABA, the excellent company spearheading chunky components in bright yellow boxes, has two new games coming out this summer, Mountains and Wobble King. Mountains looks to be one of HABA’s more mature game titles, fitting alongside the excellent Iquazu and Meduris. Wobble King is a more classic yellow box children’s games with HABA’s signature unique mechanisms and interesting pieces.
In Mountains by designer Carlo A. Rossi (Divinity Derby), 2-5 players take hikes in order to collect stamps in their hiking book. Six piles of cards represent the 6 levels of difficulty, and each turn, a player picks one pile to draw from. This card shows what equipment is required for the hike, with more challenging hikes requiring more equipment. If the player has the necessary equipment in hand, they can complete the hike, and earn the rewards on the card. Otherwise, players can use “favor stones” to borrow equipment from other players. If no hikes are possible, players can turn over a card to simply earn more favor stones. After 2 hiking piles are depleted, the player with the most summit stamps wins the game. Mountains comes with great passport books, stamps and ink pads, and is expected to hit stores this August.
King Leo has fallen asleep atop his huge pile of silver, providing
a perfect opportunity for players to sneak some of the treasure for themselves.
The main board in Wobble
King (Kippelkönig) is placed on top of many silver coin meeples. On the
main board sits a large precariously balanced King Leo figure. 2-4 Players take
turns using a stick to work one of the silver coins out from under the main
board. If the board falls, or King Leo topples, the faulting player needs to
take a rotten tomato. If you are caught twice, you are eliminated from the
game. Look for Wobble
King from designer Heinz Meister at your FLGS in August 2019.
Dig Your Way Out, a 2-6 player game published by Borderline and currently live on Kickstarter, puts players in the depths of a prison from which they are competing to be the first to escape. To do so, they will move around the prison to perform actions, and equipping themselves with tools and weapons which they can acquire through crafting, buying with cigarettes, or extorting other players. Players can also get help by joining a gang and using their unique skills and connections from their previous life.
Artwork in Dig Your Way Out is from Mihajlo Dimitrievski (AKA The Mico) whose art has been featured in games such as Raiders of the North Sea, Architects of the West Kingdom, and Viral. The game will be available in English and French, and Kickstarter campaign comes with an exclusive Officer Buster mini expansion.
To find more information about the game, visit the official Kickstarter campaign page here.
KOSMOS is coming out with a new board game, Cities Skylines- The Board Game, designed by Rustan Håkansson. This 1-4 player cooperative game is based on the video game Cities: Skylines where you and your team will plan and develop your own metropolis!
To create this thriving city, you will need to expand while keeping in mind pollution, traffic, crime, and other problems that arise throughout the course of the game. Replayability will be high as there are multiple starting scenarios where you will build different cities with unique buildings as you attempt to keep the population in a good mood.
Cities Skylines- The Board Game is set to come out October, 2019. You can preorder the game here.
The OP (USAopoly) announced on June 12th that they will be releasing two Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story-licensed games this coming fall: a cooperative deck-building game, and a collector’s chess set.
In Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story: Obstacles and Adventures, 2-5 players (ages 8+) will take on the role of iconic toys from the film (Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and Rex) as they work together to overcome hazards and progress through a progressing storyline. The game will come with six boxes of cards, which will each be based off of a different movie in the IP. As boxes are unlocked, elements of each respective movie or short will then be introduced into the game and bring new characters, antagonists, and challenges for players to explore.
The OP also revealed a Toy Story-licensed Collector’s Chess Set featuring full-color figures of both familiar and new characters alike.
For more information on the games, visit The OP’s official site here.
In a world where radioactive dust of the Last War has turned the northern countries into a frozen desolate landscape, 2-4 players in Last Aurora will work to manager their crew to gather resources, recruit survivors, improve their vehicle, fight their enemies, and make challenging ethical choices, all while they race to reach the last beacon of hope before it’s too late: the icebreaker ship Aurora, which is looking for survivors.
Last Aurora takes place over 6 rounds broken into 5 phases in which players will explore locations to perform actions, decide to let exhausted survivors rest for one round or spend food to immediately recover them, fight dangerous enemies, and attempt to reach Aurora as it moves along the coast.
For more information about the game, be sure to visit the Kickstarter campaign page here.
Nauvoo Games has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for Illicit Investments, the latest expansion for Stockpile, a popular economic game designed by Brett Sobol and Seth Van Orden which received the Dice Tower Seal of Excellence.
The Illicit Investments expansion adds a new phase to the beginning of the game in which players draft a starting hand of Investment Strategy Cards. During each Action Phase, players then have the opportunity to play one Investment Strategy Card to help “control the chaos of the stock market” by providing a wide range of unique actions.
The expansion also includes a new First Player Card variant in which players can bid for turn order, a new Investor Card, and some upgraded component upgrades such as wooden stock tickers and a 2P reference sheet.
The campaign also has the option for an all-in Epic Edition, which includes the base game plus expansions and promos in one single box, as well as a Cosmic Tier which includes both the Illicit Investments and Continuing Corruption expansions along with 2 promo packs.
According to Nauvoo games, they do not plan to re-print the game any time soon following this Kickstarter campaign, which you can find here.
Dungeon Mayhem is a 2-4 player card game set in the world of Dungeons and Dragons where players aim to be the last adventurer standing. The base game had 4 characters (barbarian, paladin, rogue, and wizard) who battled in a dungeon full of treasure, all lovingly illustrated by Kyle Ferrin (known for Vast: The Crystal Caverns, and Root).
“With magic missiles flinging, dual daggers slinging, and spiked shields dinging, it’s up to you to prove your adventurer has the guts to bring home the glory!”[source]
In the Battle for Baldur’s Gate expansion, the first expansion for the game, 2 new characters from Baldur’s Gate are added. The ranger, Minsc, with his miniature, giant space hamster, Boo, and the shapeshifting druid, Jaheira. Dungeon Mayhem: Battle for Baldur’s Gate is illustrated by Jake Parker (founder of popular art challenge, Inktober) and is designed by Jordan Comar, and Roscoe Wetlaufer.
Expect the expansion to release on the 17th of September 2019.
Ubongo is a fast-paced, easy-to-learn, geometric puzzle game where players race to piece together interlocking tiles. The goal is for players to get them to fit perfectly on their own puzzle boards. Ubongo Extreme: Fun-Size Edition is a smaller, lower-priced, and more portable format of the larger game and adds a higher level of complexity by using polyhex tiles instead of the traditional tile shapes. Ubongo Extreme: Fun-Size Edition is designed by Grzegorz Rejchtman for 1-4 players, aged 8+, and is expected to release on July 1st, 2019.
Inka Brand & Markus Brand continue releasing games in the popular EXIT series, with the latest iteration being EXIT: House of Riddles. The game is classified at a beginner difficulty level, caters for 1-4 players, and plays in roughly 1-2 hours. Players are detectives who are summoned to an abandoned house to investigate an unsolved mystery. Upon entry, the detectives hear screams and find the entrance shut behind them and need to crack the case to find their way out. Expect EXIT: House of Riddles to release on July 22nd, 2019.
Brainwaves is a series of games developed by neuroscientists and game designers where players challenge their episodic memory (memory of recent personal events). Thames & Kosmos are releasing 3 games in this series which are all for 1-4 players, aged 8+, and play in roughly 15 mins.
A new distribution agreement has been struck to bring Horrible Games’ titles to the U.S. and Canada. The Italian-based publisher will have all games for the foreseeable future brought to North America by Canada-based publisher and distributor Luma Games. Horrible Games to be carried by this deal include hits like Potion Explosion, Dragon Castle, and Railroad Ink, but this will also include all future titles from the publisher as well. This is a mutually beneficial deal which will see more exposure for both companies across North America.
“Under the new agreement, Luma will distribute all our upcoming games, including Similo and The King’s Dilemma, and take over distribution of backlist games such as Potion Explosion, Dragon Castle, and Railroad Ink as existing stock sells down and new printings are done. Luma will also handle retail and event support for our catalog.”
Keen observers will notice that this is a huge boon for Horrible Games as Luma is taking over the exact same capacity that CMON did for all of their current catalog. While CMON will no longer be distributing the above-mentioned titles after the stock sells, the prolific publisher already has a release schedule and brand presence that is strong on it’s own. On the other hand, Luma has only been able to distribute a select few titles, such as Museum and Memoarrr!, and this partnership will surely escalate their outreach and footprint in the states through Horrible Games’ existing excellent catalog. If you’re interested in reading more about this distribution agreement, or want to learn more about Horrible Games or Luma Games, check out their websites for their own news posts and products.